“Slovenia’s President Borut Pahor on Friday said the circumstances were not ripe to bestow unilateral recognition on the ‘state of Palestine,’ just days after the country’s foreign minister said they were poised to do so. A statement from Pahor’s office carried by local media said the president ‘supports the diplomatic recognition of Palestine in circumstances where this recognition would help to regulate bilateral issues [between the Palestinians and] Israel, and not aggravate them’.” (i24)


“The European Commission has launched an in-depth investigation to assess ‘whether new measures proposed by the Slovenian authorities regarding the restructuring of NLB sufficiently compensate for delaying the bank’s sale beyond end 2017.’ The announcement comes after a day after unofficial sources indicated the Commission would make the move because it is dissatisfied with the measures Slovenia proposed in exchange for deferring privatisation. ‘Slovenia has proposed changes to its commitment to sell 75% of its shares in NLB and has missed a deadline under its existing commitment. It is the responsibility of member states to comply with their commitments,’ Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who is in charge of competition policy, was quoted as saying. ‘We have doubts that Slovenia’s new proposal is equivalent to its original commitment … We have to ensure equal treatment of all EU countries. We will continue to work constructively with the Slovenian authorities over the course of this investigation.'” (Slovenia Times)